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Tools for Early Childhood Education

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Many experts proved that it is easier to teach a child to read early on in his life (from the ages of zero to three), than later. The child will find school-based education easier from the get-go as he/she will not have to learn reading skills at the same time when he/she has to comprehend curriculum material. For that, parents who are interested in teaching their children to read early need to care for useful tools below.

TweedleWink

Tweedlewink is a set of DVD volumes, made for children ages 0-6. Borrowing from the theory that the right-brain-dominant nature of babies allows them to quickly absorb vast amounts of information, each lesson covers a broad spectrum of topics including vocabulary, phonics, whole words, poetry, early speed reading, and more. Relaxation music and soothing voices narrate each lesson and is designed to build rich neurological connections in your child’s mind during the early formative years.

KidThing

A software program described by its creators as a “digital media player”, KidThing was founded by a group of parents who believed kids everywhere deserved better content in a safe learning environment. Their vision has resulted in a program with a very clean, simple aesthetic where games, stories and videos can all be played in the main window, with additional content available for purchase via their online store.

Little Reader

Little Reader is a software program for children 4 months. It integrates traditional flash card methods as well as multi-sensory techniques to promote early language recognition and efficient learning. Using a slideshow format, Little Reader combines words with pictures, sound effects, pronunciations and videos to enhance the learning experience. You can download hundreds of categories of words to supplement your library for free, and Little Reader also allows you to print out flashcards in two different flash card styles.

Perhaps most surprising, however, is that all three products (or rather, their founders) suggest using their reading tools along with other methods, and not to simply look for the one true product. Children and babies have an immense capacity for stimulation, and having various tools at hand may well delight your little one! The important thing to remember is that as long as your child is learning, no matter what the tool, you are providing him with a foundation that he will have for the rest of his life. Happy teaching!